Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood
This was quite good. It was amusing to read at IMDB a slew of comments panning the film, universally because the posters were bored by the first of the film. Perhaps they were uncomfortable about drawing parallels about the political symbolism of haves and have-nots, and maybe they just didn't find it had sufficient things blowing up real good.
Or perhaps they were just bored because it was boring? The first hour should have been subtitled as "catching hugs and tears" [and zzzzzzzzzz's]
Everything was better this time: peformances, script, direction, pacing, casting. Jena Malone as Johanna stole most of her scenes, no mean feat when Jennifer Lawrence is in the vicinity, Lynn Cohen as Mags leaves a lasting impression in a tiny role, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a heavyweight addition to the mix. It's worth the hassel to see this in the theater on a big screen.
I agree with those, but it won't mount to a big recommendation on my part.